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How the Big American
Liner Went Ashore on
Brighton Beach.
Had Been in Sight of the Rival
Campania for Many
Efforts to Get the Steamer Safely Back
in Deep Water Made Without
NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— The
American line steamship St. Paul, from
Southampton for New York, which wont
ashore on the outer bar off the Hotel
Brighton. Long Island, this morning, was
just finishing a 3500 miles' tussle with that
other ocean greyhound, the Campania, of
the Cunard line.
Both boats, it appears from the stories of
passengers, had been traveling at top
Ejiecd for seventeen hour- in sight of each
other, and though it is declared that
neither was racing, each seemed ;:nxious
to get to Sandy Hook first. This fact is
acknowledged by Captain Walker of the
Campania. Both vessels ran into a fog
bank unexpectedly and then slowed down.
After that the vessels were within sight of
each other two or three times.
At a few minutes after 1 o'clock the St.
Paul drove her bow into the sand less than
a half-mile from the iron pier used by ex
cursion steamboats during the summer
season. She is still aground to-night hard
and fast and may remain on the beach for
several days. An effort was made to re
lease her at high water this afternoon, but
it was not a success. The vessel has 63
saloon, 75 second cabin and 120 steerage
The first and second class passengers of
the St. Paul were landed in the city at a
few minutes before 7 o'clock this evening
on the fcteamboat George W. Starr, to
which they had been transferred from the
stranded steamship in lifeboats. The trans
fer was made without mishap and the pas
sengers all seemed in good spirits. There
wer* about 100 people waiting for them at
ier. At 10 minutes pa*t 6 o'clock
this evening the tug Lewis Pulver arrived
at the pier with the mail. There were 200
yacks and they were at once conveyed to
the Postoflice.
Ex-Congressman Bourke Cockran was
one of the first passengers to come ashore
irom the steamer. A reporter from The
United Press asked him if he thought the
steamships weTe racing while in sight of
each other yesterday, and he replied:
"No, I don't think: there was a race.
TransAtlantic steamers usually mate as
good time as possible, I was in bed when
the steamship grounded, but awoke. The
accident disturbed us very little."
Under Sheriff Louis Worth of Brooklyn
and his bride were among th» last to land
from the steamer. Asked what he knew
of the accident, Mr. Worth said:
"Well. I suppose we were racing with
the Campania. On Friday morning we
siehted her about twelve miies astern.
She came up very fast, and at 4 o'clock
was half a mile from us. Then the race
started. We could feel the increased speed,
and at 6 o'clock we were two miies ahead.
Then we ran into a fog, and although some
of the passengers thought they saw the
Campania just astern, I did not see her. I
went to bed, and did not awaken until
about 2 o'clock when I found the ma
chinery stopped and the ship aground.
"There was no perceptible shock. It
was rather monotonous waiting to be
taken off, but it might Have been worse.
Now, I do not wish to be quoted as saying
that she ran aground while racing. I
believe that the excitement of the race put
the officers off their guard and when they
ran into the fog they did not know where
they were."
H. <". Morton of this city, said that the
trip was one without particular incident
until the Campania was sighted.
•It seems to me," he said, "that the
boats were racing, as they were going at a
very rapid rate of speed, but it is probable
that the speed was no greater than is usual
on ocean voyages."
John Seyreberg, of London, who was also
a passenger, said :
"I believe the boats were racing. They
were side by side for several hours."
He added that he saw no pilot aboard
the St. Paul at the time of the accident.
H. P. Howiand, a London capitalist,
said :
"The boats were racing for several
hours. It was rumored on the St. Paul
that the Campania also went ashore five
miles below where the St. Paul struck and
that she came off all right soon after
Henry P. Bidwell of Liverpool, another
of the St. Paul's passengers, thought the
racing had nothing to do with the acci
dent. The ships only raced, he thought,
during the daylight.
Vi.e-President Wright and Manager
Griscom of the American line were at the
pier office during the morning, and were
in telephonic communication with Long
Branch. The wires were in a very un
satisfactoiy condition, but word came
from Captain Jamison that the vessel was
lying easy. Ah of the Merritt & Chapman
wrecking vessels started early to the as
sistance of the St. Paul, and later the tugs
-lillard. Evans and Pulver were sent
flown by the company in the charge of
-Marine Superintendent Shackford, who
took with him a gang of stevedores.
Ihe hfe-saving crew of Station 3 at 1:45
o dock began the work of transferring the
passengers from the vessel to the tugs.
J. ,V.™ WaS a u extr emely difficult one,
as there was a heavy sea running and it
attended with considerable dan K er to
the passengers unaccustomed to positions
surety of foot and coolness were
Especially waa this true as regards the
The San Francisco Call.
women. All were taken off safely, how
ever, and transferred to the steamboat
George Starr and the tugs Barrett and
Evarts, which brought tnem up to the
steamship company's dock.
Captain Merritt of the wrecking com
pany arrived at Long Branch at 1 o'clock.
After looking the situation over very care
fully he said he expected to have a hard
time in getting the vessel safely off and
into deep water. The flood tide at 1 o'clock
slowly worked the vessel nearer to the
shore and she finally lined up broadside
to *«*e beach.
"xVyt St. Paul bad on board $1,300,000 in
cold. She is commanded by Captain
Jamison. This is her iirst return trip
since the recent accident which occurred
In her engine-room at her dock here,
whereby ten men were either instantly
killed or badly injured.
The St. Paul has been the victim of
several minor accidents. Even before she
got into the water she had one. When the
launching should have taken place the
great ship stuck on the ways, and stayed
there for a week or so.
Only a week before last Christmas an
accident occurred which resulted in the
death of several of her crew and delayed
her trip across the Atlantic for several
It was on Wednesday, December 18,
early in the morning, when the main
steampipe supplying one of the engines
burst i:i two places, and, filling the engine
room with steam, scalded to death six of
the ruen and badly injured four others.
Three of the latter have since died.
When the Cunard line steamship Cam
pania arrived at her dock in the North
River to-day Vernon H. Brown, agent ol
the line, went to the purser and got the
log, from which he read: "Sighted the St.
Paul at 8 p. m. last night, Friday, and
passed her."
He denied that there was a race between
the Campania ana the St. Paul. Captain
Walker of the Campania, however, ad
mitted there was a race and said:
"We sighted the St. Paul about fifteen
miles off our starboard bow about. 8 o'clock
Friday morning. Tne wind was comintr
out of the northwest and there was a good
big sea on. The Campania brushed up a
bit and at 8:30 o'clock last night (Friday)
was abeam of the American line vessel,
about half a mile to port. Shortly after
that a heavy fog set in and we iost signt of
the lights of the St. Paul. About la. m.
Saturday we stopped.
"We Kept our foghorn blowing and we
eot out our sounding lead. At 5 o'clock
we were getting into shallow water, our
line measuring at that time only ton
fathoms. Then I turned around and at
5:25 o'clock this morning we anchored.
We were still in ten fathoms of water and
could see nothing. At 8:30 o'clock this
morning the fog began to lift and at 9
o'clock we weighed anchor. I should say
that we were about two miles from shore
when we anchored. The St. Paul was to
westward of us, being aground, I should
judge, less than half a mile from the
Captain Walker said he was afraid the
St. Panl was aground very hard and that
he deplored the rcistap greatly.
The statements of some of the passen
gers on the Campania do not exactly agree
with that of the vessel's commander.
Mr. Milbank, a saloon passenger on the
Campania, said in describing the race:
"We sighted the St. Paul at 8 o'clock yes
terday morning. The vessels were perhaps
fifteen miles apart. We only saw the St.
Paul's smoke at first. The vessels were
moving toward each other, the Campania
to the port of the St. Paul.
"At 2 o'clock in the afternoon, or there
abouts, the ships were abeam. The star
board rail of the Campania was lined with
passengers and officers. Every one was
intensely excited. All of us had stopped
playing cards and chatting and were out
on deck with our heavy wrapson watching
the black smoke pouring out of the Yan
kee's funnels. She was going along as if
there was a devil inside of her.
"Those of us who had glasses saw group?
of officers emerge from below now and
then, watching the Campania for fifteen
minutes, and then disappear. The eky
was black from the smoke of both vessels.
At half-past 4 o'clock the Campania had
not eained any on the St. Paul, and her
officers could not understand it. Then a
heavy fog shut down and we lost the
American ship.
"At 5:30 o'clock the fog banks lifted very
suddenly and the passengers rushed to the
etarboard rail again. The St. Paul was
not in sight, but had evidently crossed our
bows and was kicking up a great sea about
half a mile away on our port side. How
she got there the Lord only knows, but
the Campania could not get away from
her. An hour afterward we lost
sight of the St. Paul again and at
8 o'clock in the evening she reappeared
again on our starboard side, but still
abeam. We lost her again shortly after
that and we did not see her again until
this morning after 9 o'clock. She was
then two miles to the west of us and
Then Mr. Milbank read this statement:
"Some of the Campania officers said that
they thought that while the St. Paul was
maneuvering for a chance to beat the
Campania in with the mails she ran
"As a matter of fact," continued Mr.
Milbank, "it was as pretty a race as ever
occurred on the Atlantic and the St. Paul
covered herself with glory."
James A. Wright, the vice-president of
the company, said there was no anxiety
felt for the safety of the vessel. She was
lying easy on a soft bottom,
Captain Jamison Says He la Adt to
Blame for the Grounding.
NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.-The rep
resentative of the American line who went
down to the vessel believes it will be sev
eral days before the St. Paul can be floated.
The report that the Campania had also
grounded but subsequently floated was
emphatically denied by hoth the agent of
the Cnnard line and Captain Walker of
the vessel. The latter said to a United
Press reporter:
"You may say for me that the Cam
pania was never in less than ten fathoms
of water during her entire trip. About 1
o'clock this morning I knew by the sound
ings which had been taken that I was in
about ten fathoms of water. I knew also
that we were near shore, and these points,
together with the fact that it was ex
tremely thick, was good reason for laying
to, which I did. Our engines were stopped
because we wanted to take no risks."
The Campania lay to, according to the
captain's story, until 5:45 a. m., when she
Continued on Second Page.
News of Arrested Americans
From Consular Agent
Asked Jameson to Proceed to Jo
hannesburg in the Event of
Extreme Peril.
Instead of Inciting Rebellion, the Ac
cused Engineer Urged Peaceful
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 25.— A long
cable dispatch has been received by Secre
tary Olney from Mr. Manyon, the United
States Consular Agent at Johannesburg,
who gives the details of the situation with
reference to John Hays Hammond, the
California mining engineer, and the other
Americans arrested for alleged complicity
in the Uitlanaer conspiracy.
Mr. Manyon says that all the American
prisoners are out on parole except Ham
mond, whose case differs from that of the
other Americans in that he signed a con
ditional invitation to Jameson to come to
Johannesburg in the event of extreme
peril. Jameson, however, marched toward
Johannesburg before trouble arose, and
when this was discovered the American
leaders and other principal men issued a
proclamation calling on the people to re
frain from bostilitios.
Instead of inciting rebellion, Hammond
at the beginning, according to Mr. Man
yon, raised the Transvaal flag and all in
the movement swore allegiance to the
Government. Clement and other Ameri
cans took arms from many persons and
sent men home. Not a shot was fired by
the Johannesburg party, says Mr. Man
yon. There was no disturbance, not a
single act of hostility, arms were peace
fully surrendered, and every effort was
made to maintain the Transvaal republic
as against British encroachment.
The cases against the American prison
ers will be tried in court, though the Gov
ernment has not yet indicated the time,
Mr. Manyon adds that the Transvaal Gov
ernment has acted magnanimously.
Secretary Olney acted promptly on Mr.
Manyon's dispatch by cabling the latter to
take the most active and vigorous meas
ures for the relief of the Americans, and
to that end to make the Transvaal Govern
ment direct representations in behalf of
the United States.
It will be jsen from Mr. Manyon's dis
patch thst Hammond and the other
Americans who were arrested ere not in
eerious peril. Notwithstanding this, how
ever, Secretary Olney determined to make
their safety a surety so far as this Govern
ment is concerned, and therefore cabled
Mr. Manyon the instructions given. In
pursuing this course, the United States
Government is acting independently in its
own interest and in behalf of its own
citizens, and not as the sympathizer or
ally of any other power.
Mr. Manyon's dispatch conveyed to this
Government the first authentic informa
tion of the participation of Hammond in
the Johannesburg troubles. As Mr. Man
yon says, he is held in custody after other
Americans have been released because he
signed an invitation to Jameson to come to
Johannesburg, conditional upon extreme
peril threatening the Uitlanderu there.
This fact, despite the extenuation fur
nished through his action in raising the
Transvaal flag, coupled with his personal
ard business relations with Cecil Rhodes,
is believed here to bode no good for Ham
mond's cause, and it is certain that the
Boers are anxious to puuish him severely.
Hammond's strongest ho£p lies in the
act of President Srucger In turning over
Jameson and members of his party to the
British imperial authorities for trial.
Secretary Olney will, in all propability,
take advantage of this and protest against
Hammond's trial in the Transvaal courts
on the ground of unjust discrimination in
favor of British subjects. Mr. Olney is
taking a great interest in the case of Ham
mond and has had several consultations
concerning it with both the California
Senators and other prominent men.
Italian Forces Withdrawn From
the Garrison by Consent of
the Besiegers.
Abyssinians Said to Be Anxious for
Peace, Which Will Be Diffi.
cult to Conclude,
ROME, Italy, Jan. 25.— General Barra
tieri, commander-in-chief of the Italian
forces in Abyssinia, has informed the Gov
ernment that on Thursday the Italian gar
rison at Makalle, commanded by Colonel
Galliano, evacuated that place, taking with
it all the arms, ammunition, equiDments
and other contents of the fortress.
It is reported that General Barratieri
says that the evacuation of the fortress by
the beleaguered garrison was accomplished
by permission of Ras Makonnen, the com
mander of the Abyssinian forces, which
were besieging Makalle, who desired not
only to pay tribute to the heroism of Colonel
Galliano and his command, but also to ob
tain peace.
It is further reported that King Menelik
has ordered that the Italian prisoners in
the hands of the Abyssinians be delivered
up to the Italians at Ambalaei.
It is believed, however, that it will be
difficult to conclude peace, as Italy will
not consent to abandon the State of Tigre,
Says Nice Things to Show
His Regard for This
Great Britain Has No Desire for
Additional Territory in
Would Be Glad to See the Two Nations
Join in Checking Turkish
LONDON, Eno., Jan. 25.— The Right
Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, Secretary of
State for the Colonies, delivered a speech
at Birmingham this evening. He con
gratulated the country upon having at the
head of its affairs Lord Salisbury, whose
judgmen*and resolution had placed him
the very first among European statesmen.
Referring to the Guiana boundary dis
pute Mr. Chamberlain said it had been
trivial until it was suddenly elevated to
grave importance by the intervention of
the United States. There seemed to be
some misapprehension on both sides.
The opinion seemed to have prevailed in
England that American statesmen wished
to pick a quarrel, while the Americans
seemed to have thought that the British
were disposed to impugn the Monroe
doctrine, which they rightly held to be
most important to their security. They
also seemed to have thought that the
British were disposed to deal in a harsh
and arbitrary manner with a smaller state.
He believed the American people and all
that is best in the United States would
regard with horror a needless war with
their own blood and kindred. He also
believed that President Cleveland, whose
acquaintance he had the honor of making
while he was in America, and who had a
high reputation for straightforward hon
orable dealing, would never drive the two
kindred nations to strife.
On the other hand the Americans could
he assured from the utterances of Lord
Salisbury and Arthur Balfour, the First
Lord of the Treasury, that Great Britain
bad no desire for a single incn of Ameri
can territory beyond what she already
rightfully possessed. All that was neces
sary to settle the trouble was more time
and fuller knowledge.
Meanwhile he would re-echo and re-
ciprocate from the bottom of his heart
Wolcott's noble words, "Blood is thicker
than water." [Loud cheers.] That would
always be the sentiment of every Briton.
The two nations were more closely allied
in sentiment and interest than any other,
and while the British looked with horror
at anything approaching fraternal strife,
they looked with pleasure upon the possi
bility of the stars and stripes and the
union jack floating together in defense of
a common cause sanctioned by community
of sentiment.
He added that while the Continental
nations regarded the sufferings of the Ar
menians with comparative indifference,
the United Kingdom and the United States
felt the deepest sympathy and indignation.
Mr. Ctiamberlain paid a tribute to the
excellence of the American missions and
declared that The Americans were also in
terested in the sufferings of humanity for
humanity's sake and not for any terri
torial ambition. Mr. Chamberlain con
cluded by saying:
"Would it were possible that instead of
wasting breath in a petty South American
boundary dispute we could count on the
powerful support of the United States in
enforcing the representations which here
tofore we have fruitlessly made in be
half of those who are suffering by Turk
ish tyranny and Turkish fanaticism."
He concluded by declaring that the con
dition of Armenia was a danger and dis
grace to Europe, but he did not believe
that the resources of civilization had been
entirely exhausted.
Upon the conclusion of his address Mr.
Chamberlain was greeted witn prolonged
Warning Front. Cleveland to the Venezu-
elan People.
NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— A special
cable dispatch to the Herald from Caracas,
Venezuela, says:
General Joseph Uzelar, a member of the
committee appointed to thank President
Cleveland for his expression upon
the Venezuelan question, says in
a dispatch to the Government that
the President of the United
States has asked him to warn the Presi
dent of Venezuela and the citizens of the
re public to avoid all internal disputes
which might Jead to a revolution pending
the settlement of the existing boundary
President Crespo occupies his time at
Macuto in preparing his message to Con
gress, which convenes on February 20.
Warahipa Sent to Venezuela to .Enforce
Jtiiilroad Claim*.
NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— A special
dispatch to the Sun from Havana says:
The destination of the two German men
of-war, the Suabia and the Sorch, which
arrived here on the 22d, is now definitely
known to be Puerto Cabello, Venezuela,
whither they go to enforce the German
railroad claims. It is hinted that the ma
rines will land and occupy territory if
necessary, which will add Germany to the
complications now existing between the
United States and Great Britain.
Two Engine* Drmnliihed and Several
Fastengers Injured.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 25.— A head
end collision occurred about 3 o'clock
this morning between a passenger and a
freight train on the Bald Knob branch of
the Iron Mountain about half a mile from
Fair Oaks. Both engines were demolished
and considerable damage done the trains.
Several passengers were injured. Their
names are: S. Gratz, New York; F. E.
Marx, New York; M. A. Goodsmith, Cin
cinnati; Ailen Baker, St. Louis; L, New
berger, Cincinnati.
C. G. Sweet, a Chicago Drummer,
Wanted on a Charge
of Bigamy.
He Is Also a Swindler and Forger
Who Has Operated in Many
CHICAGO, 111., Jan. 25.— Mrs. C. G.
Sweet of this city, a guest at the Hotel Lu
zerne, applied to the police to-night for
the arrest of her husband on a charge of
bigamy. Sweet is a traveling man em
ployed by D. A. Stuart, a dealer in oils,
and his wife now charges that ofttimes,
when she believed her husband out of
town, he was living with another woman
within a few blocks of her hotel.
Mrs. Sweet made the statement to-night
that her husband Is wanted in several cit
ies on charges of forgery and swindling —
that she has kept his secrets, but cannot
stand his last misdoing.
According to the wife's statement Sweet
is wanted in Topeka, Kans., for swindling
a man named Frank J. Weare out of $700.
At a place which she believes is Colorado
Springs he is wanted for swindling
Deverenx Bros., bankers. She says that
he also cheated H. B. Warsen & Co.
and the New York State Dry-goods Store
in Indianapolis out of $480 worth of goods
on false representations, and that in
Beatrice, Nebr., he is wanted by a railroad
for an $800 crooked transaction.
Sweet had not been arrested at mid
Statesmen Accept the Invitation of the
Merchant*' Association.
BALTIMORE, Me, Jan. 25.— Vice-Pres
ident Stevenson and a number of United
States Senators and Representatives have
accepted invitations to the annual banquet
of the Merchants' and Mauufacturers' As
sociation, which will be held January 30 at
the Hotel Rennert. Among tnose who
have promised to respond to toasts are
Senator Burrows of Michigan, who will
speak on "The Monroe Doctrine"; Repre
sentative DolJiver, who wili speak on
"Statesmen and Patriotism"; Representa
tive Towne, whose subject will be "The
Settlement of International Disputes by
Arbitration," and Reprtsentative Brosius,
who will speak on "The Paying of Debts."
Conspiracy in Ecuador.
NEvV YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— A Herald
cable from Guayaquil says: Conspiracies
ag:iinst the life of President Alfaro are the
order of the day. Another plot was un
earthed yesterday iv Rocafuerte Manabi.
The conspirators— Colonel Ruperto Albu ja,
Isaac Rodriguez and A. Grivalja— were ar
rested and placed in jail to await trial.
Gomez and Castillo Are
Reported to Be Badly
Spaniards Claim to Have Routed
the Insurgents in Pinar
del Rio.
General Weyler Departs for Havana
to Take Charge of the Spanish
HAVANA, Coba, Jan. 2.5.— C010nel Ca*
vis, commanding a column of the Spanish
forces in Cuba, reports that yesterday he
had an encounter between San Felipe, in
the Havana province, and Batebapo, in
the province of Pinar del Rio, the latter
place being thirty-five miles southwest of
Havana. In the engagement live of the
rebels were killed and two were made
prisoners. The captives say that the rebel
commander-in-chief, Maximo Gomez, has
been wounded in the light at Lajas, near
Quivican, on January 18. Colonel Galvig
also reports that the rebel leader Castillo
was wounded, both with a machete and
a rifle ball, in yesterday's fi«ht.
Notwithstanding the reports that peace)
is prevailing in the province of Santiago,
it is known that there are sufficient rebels
left in the province to give the troops a
brush when they feel so inclined. A re*
port reaches here from Matanzas to the
effect that the rebels have destroyed the
pumping station of the water works which}
supply that city. The only building left
standing was the guardhouse. They have
also damaged the railroads and telegraph;
lines in the province of Matar.zas.
Several columns of troops are in pursuit
of them.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 25.— The
Spanish Minister received the following
cablegram to-day:
HAVANA, Jan. 25.— Colonel Cavis,
knowing yesterday that Maximo Gomea
was crossing the line, between Pozo Re
dondo and San Felipe, marched to Punta
Brava to cat his advance. He descried the
main body of Gomez's forces, directed
against them a heavy artillery fire and at
tacking them he succeeded in placing
himself in the middle of the enemy's
forces in the Potrero San Rafael. From
this place he obliged the enemy to retreat
towards Quivican, following and causing
them many losses.
The Spanish mounted guerillas had an
eneagement at close quarters and witn
their machetes killed five rebels and cap
tured arms, saddles, horses and two pris
oners, who have acknowledged that the
insurgents are badly armed and short of
ammunition, and that Maximo Gomez 19
wounded, having had one of his legs
traversed with a bullet in the encounters
at Lajas on the 18th with the column of
Colonel Cavis. Antonio Castillo, chief of
1000 men of the main bo dy of Gomez, has.
been cut from his command and wanders
about with only twenty men, as it has been
said by the same prisoners who were in
his command.
ITith One Thousand Troops Me Embarko
for Cuba.
BARCELONA, Spain, Jan. 25.— General
WeyJer, the newly appointed Captain«
Cuticura Soap purifies and beautifies
the skin, scalp, and hair by restoring to !
healthy activity the Clogged, Inflamed,!
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Sold throughout the world. British depot) T. Nit.
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